Genre: Historical Fantasy, Young Adult,
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
I’m a big fan of Kathleen O’Neal Gear (and her husband Michael), and she always does a beautiful job of sweeping into her stories. When I heard she was writing a story about ancient Egypt that dealt with incarnation and demons, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. CRIES FROM THE LOST LAND was worth the wait.
Something is fascinating about a story that not only entertains but teaches as well. Kathleen adds just enough archeology and history details to add depth to the story but not burden it down with facts and slow the pace. There were historical facts that made me Google them so I could find out more about them, like cats being used as shields in war. It made me wish I had a history teacher like Kathleen.
CRIES FROM THE LOST LAND does have a YA feel for it, which is not my favorite genre because I hated my teen years and don’t care to read about other teens, but due to the topics Kathleen wrote about, it sucked me in. Roberto, the side-kick in the story, stole many of the scenes and was my favorite character in the book. His sarcastic attitude reminded me of myself. Roberto was a great balance to the main protagonist Hal.
I could go on and on about how I loved Kathleen steeped a story around the reincarnation of Queen Cleopatra (one of my favorite historical characters) and Marc Antony and the Egyptian land of the dead, but I suggest you read it.